The BAU are called to Louisiana to get information from an autistic boy who has witnessed his parents' abduction. Meanwhile, Prentiss calls in two old colleagues to track down Ian Doyle.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Thomas
Alison Sparks
Lizzie Sparks
Miss Rogers
Sammy Sparks


The BAU travel to Lafayette Parish, Louisiana to work on the case of Sammy Sparks, a ten year old autistic boy who is seen splattered with blood. His parents, Alison and Charlie Sparks, are missing. At the Sparks home, the BAU find evidence that Charlie was shot and has a serious wound. The Sparks recently were issued a large loan to be able to keep their music store, their long time family business, open. As Lafayette Parish is in an area hit hard by the oil spill, anyone who gets a loan is considered to have won the lottery. The BAU therefore believe the Sparks were targeted for the money, and that the unsub knew the family and knew that Sammy would not be able to identify him. They try to decipher Sammy's drawings and his music and piece it to the strict routine by which all the Sparks lived to find the unsub. Meanwhile, two of Prentiss' Interpol colleagues, Tsia Mosely and Clyde Easter, try to track Ian Doyle's movements, while Prentiss considers asking her BAU colleagues for help... Written by Huggo

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23 February 2011 (USA)  »

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Mimi Kennedy, who plays Miss Rogers in this episode, was in Dharma and Greg with Thomas Gibson (Hotch). She played his wife's mother. See more »


When referring to Sammy's parents, while discussing possible ransom demand, Rossi calls them Stanley's parents. See more »


Emily Prentiss: What about local financial records?
Penelope Garcia: I have cross-referenced every current and formerly licensed fisherman, crab men, shrimp men, friends of Poseidon, comes from the sea, you-name-it men with financial records showing default loans totaling over 35k.
Ashley Seaver: Okay, what did you find?
Penelope Garcia: A hundred and twenty-seven names. I know, do not shoot the messenger. Just tell me how to narrow it down.
Emily Prentiss: Do all 127 have children?
Penelope Garcia: No. But 76 do.
Ashley Seaver: Okay, how many of them have homes in foreclosure versus other debt that might...
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References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

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seconding thoughts expressed
26 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought the show was passable. It was an interesting storyline that used current events to show how circumstances can make even the most normal human a criminal. Good concept...however....

I can't stomach much of it any more since they've made the budget cuts. The biggest impact I've liked is giving Reid more of a voice it seems. The worst is yet to come when/if Prentiss is removed too.

I second thoughts expressed on removing JJ and bringing in a new character who simply isn't that bright, regardless of her history that's supposed to give her some sort of unique perspective. What galls me the most is giving Garcia more air-time by having her pick up the slack left by JJ's absence. I dislike her character intensely, but can bear her as the computer geek. (but her banter with Morgan makes me gag) Now? I'm about ready to stop taping this show since they've chosen to put her so front and center this way.

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